Deep-red Utah embraced voting by mail. Then came 2020.

PROVO, Utah (AP) - As Dewon Holt toured a Utah ballot counting center, she listened intently and questioned election officials about concerns circulating since the 2020 election - about voting machines, people mailed multiple ballots and dead voters.

Holt came away confident in the integrity of the vote count after the tour in one of the state's Republican strongholds and even suggested election officials do more to publicize the tours in Provo.

"Because we had this national fraud thing going on, everybody thinks there's fraud here," the 76-year-old Republican said. "I feel like Utah County is good. But I don't know if we have problems in the rest of the counties in the state."

Distrust in elections continues to reverberate around the U.S. and subject election officials to new levels of scrutiny, even in Utah where universal mail-in voting has been widely embraced since the GOP-controlled Statehouse allowed counties to adopt the policy a decade ago.

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